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Tasting Note: A red from the Med
If it appears that I report on a disproportionate number of red wines from the regions that line the Mediterranean in France, Italy, Spain and even Greece, there's a reason for that: These realms are among the most rewarding when you're looking for wines that provide both interest and value. Here's just such a wine, from the Languedoc in France:
Chateau de Pena 1998 Cotes du Roussillon Villages ($9.99)
This clear, dark-ruby wine offers pleasant berry-pie aromas of ripe red fruits and peppery spice. Fresh and juicy fruit flavors are nicely balanced with tart acidity to go well with food. U.S. importer: Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, Va. (May 31, 2001)
FOOD MATCH: Burgers or steak would make natural partners for this robust table wine.
Bin number follow-up
Responding to yesterday's comments about Australian wine-label "Bin" numbers, my pal Celia from Sydney recalls a story from Penfolds' corporate autobiography, "The Rewards Of Patience." As it turns out, the firm's Bin 707 Cabernet and its now-defunct stablemate Bin 747 were not arbitrary numbers but based on the familiar Boeing aircraft series ... compliments of a winery marketing manager of the 1960s who had previously worked for the Australian airline Qantas!
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Friday, June 1, 2001
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